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Vermont Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for channel catfish in Vermont.

Catfish fishing in Vermont

Catfish Waters In VT

Catfish adapt to most kinds of water. They can be found in most rivers, parks and some private ponds. Larger schools of catfish can be found in the major VT lakes like Lake Champlain, Lake Memphremagog and Lake St Catherine.

Vermont catfish caught by Chase Stokes

Chase Stokes, age 8 caught this 33-inch catfish that weighed 19 pounds. He caught this giant while fishing with a worm on Lake Champlain.

Fishing for catfish in Vermont

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

VT State Record: 35 lbs 14 oz

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Catfish fishing from the bank

Monkton Pond produced the Vermont state record channel catfish.

There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of pounds. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout Vermont. There are even species which spend a limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very noble fight once hooked.

Camp out and catch some catfish!

Camping and campgrounds nearby fishing

Additional resources for catfishing information.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another. They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate their ability to catch live bait.

Catfish fishing information for states with catfish.


Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in Vermont lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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Best catfish fishing lakes in Vermont!